This short coastal hike to Garrapata Beach is the perfect pit stop during a Highway 1 roadtrip. Plus if you time it right and come during the spring time, the small valley will be filled with tons of blooming calla lilies!
Note: Poison ivy can be found here, so be sure to cover up and wear long pants. Try to be aware of what bushes you trek through, and change your clothes as soon as you can if you do come into contact with any of the plants!
Miles: 0.5 (roundtrip)
Trailhead: Google Maps
When to go: I've visited and seen the lilies blooming as early as February all the way to Mid-April
The start for the trail to Calla Lily Valley is on the west side of the Highway 1. Although there are no signs alongside indicating the start of the hike, there is a small dirt turnout on the side of the road you can park at.
After parking, it's really just a short walk to the beach from here. With views of the ocean ahead, there are lots colorful wildflowers alongside the path.
After just 0.2 miles, you'll reach the stairs to head down into the small valley with the lilies. Here the Garrapata Trail crosses Doud Creek and continues up along the ridge, or you can follow the creek down through the valley to Garrapata Beach. I've never seen so many lilies in one place, and I couldn't believe they were all here naturally on their own!
After hiking up the canyon and checking out all of the lilies, we headed back down to catch Garrapata Beach on a gorgeous sunny day. This would be a great beach to picnic and lay out in warmer weather.
After drying off and putting our shoes back on, we headed back to the car to continue along the highway.
Calla Lily Valley was one of my favorite spots during our roadtrip, as how often do you get to see an entire valley of blooming lilies? The beach was also one of the nicest we saw along the Hwy 1.
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